cook, lawyer, knitter, mom, grandmom
Whereas I think I'd very much enjoy Isabel Dalhousie as a friend or tea companion, she is somewhat lame as an amateur Private Investigator. I have a minor in philosophy and a law degree, and I understand her many, many philosophical and ethical references very well. From a standpoint of the story, there are TOO many, and many of them are not really pertinent. That a woman of that maturity and sophistication does not seem to understand the emotional drives of herself or the people around her strains credulity as well. I've very much enjoyed McCall Smith in other works, particularly the "Ladies Detective Agency" series set in Botswana. I'd enjoy Isabel more with less meandering philosophy and more action. The actress, Davina Porter, who narrates is spot on.
Not enough resolution.
Her wide range of marvelous accents!
Maybe. A scriptwriter would tighten it up. I doubt most of Hollywood would get most of the what Isabel's talking about without their Wikipedia, anyway!
Too much philosophy--a little slow--the reader had a grating voice and didn't do well on the different voice.
Not sure--I would if I knew the books would be more like The #1 Ladies Detective Agency
Maybe Katherine Kellgrin
Yes, it had a somewhat interesting storyline, with the mystery in it.
less descriptive thinking and more action
yes as I like the 1st ladies detective series of his.
she just was not too exciting.
there is too many small characters and not enough action.
The listening experience would have been much more enjoyable if the plot and protagonist were more interesting.
I was particularly disappointed in the main character, Isabel Dalhousie. She was rather unlikable and tedious and her pontifications on ethics made me want to stop listening on more than occasion.
I have never listened to Davina Porter before, but I liked her narration.
I would cut Isabel Dalhousie! Unfortunately, that doesn't leave Alexander McCall Smith much to work with.
I had enjoyed reading another book by the author, and assumed (perhaps unfairly), that this book it would translate well into audio. His meandering style didn't capture my interest while listening, as it did while I was reading.
I found myself wondering what the heck she was talking about and why a lot. It went on and on about things not pertaining to the plot, and I would get very bored. I found myself losing focus on the story and getting lost in my thoughts. Certainly not gripping. Not my cup of tea, but for others I'm sure it was relaxing and nice. It was by no means a page turner.
Yes, but not this series. I'll give the Ladies Detective Agency a try.
The Narrator does a good job. It was an adjustment for me getting used to the Brittish accent.
I was charmed by the main characters and the setting. I'm going through a phase where I like audio books that take me out of the U.S. (or into the past at least a century). There is just something inherently interesting about a setting
The narrator's accent was for me a delightful journey outside the U.S. without me having to sit through a long flight.
I'm on Chapter 8 and this book is going nowhere. I couldn't wait to hear another Alexander McCall Smith book having already read his first two. This one is a big disappointment. Please don't waste your time.
After thoroughly enjoying all the books in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series, I looked forward to reading Alexander McCall Smith's newest release. I was so disappointed. The characters are boring and tedious. I won't be recommending this one to anyone.
I eagerly downloaded this book based on my joy in 'reading' or 'listening to" his "No. One Ladies Detective Agency" books. It was hard to believe that this book and that series were written by the same person. It plodded along with little or no plot or action and I finally gave up on it. I'm waiting for the next "Precious" book.